Have trees transplanted from a local nursery which is $$$
Rent a spade and transport select trees that are growing on my property now.
Curious if anyone here has done it, and has any suggestions?
I have transplanted a lot of trees over the years, but as a rule, almost half of the tree is root system - more like 2/3 when dealing with some drought-tolerant types like Ponderosas & Piñons…
Pretty good bet that you’d save some $$$ by not purchasing the trees, but it would depend on the fine print on the rental contract….
Many factors; time of year, size, species, soil conditions, etc
Now is when you have the best chance of survival.
Best bet; Hire an experienced outfit locally with a tree spade. That guy will know what you can and cannot do…and what will have the best chances.
Also, You can buy bare root trees cheap….and some field grown trees semi reasonably cost wise especially in bulk. I don’t know your area at all, but you might be able to work a deal with a tree farm to where you trench some of these in in baskets, and grow them for the nursery as a trade.
Edit; we just did a bunch on a job with our excavator. These don’t cut the roots or conserve the root ball as well a tree spade. Certain Deciduous varieties are much easier than evergreens, especially now before they bud out. Small 2”-3” diameter tress are easy…..5”-6” are a lot tougher. A good tree spade guy can move 20 trees on you property in one day..and their local experience is huge. .
4-8’ spruce, pine, cedar
6-10’ white oak
I’m not planting white oaks for the acorns, I’m planting them for their ability to hold leaves into the late season.
One of my objectives is to provide some cover for a redneck blind on a 15’ stand. Impossible to sneak out of it without blowing out the entire field.
I sort of feel that regardless of my personal benefit, they should benefit wildlife for decades to come...and that makes it ok.
Pat, from what I’ve read during my research, they are deer resistant but they can’t guarantee. Not sure what the deer would do during winter months, but I would think your food plots would provide deer with enough better forage over the winter that they would leave trees alone. Would like to hear from others about their experiences with them.
White Oak is a real slow grower, all oak for that matter, but especially white oak...
I know some medium size ones grew up around as a kid, and they still look the same size 50 years later...
The fastest growing tree I've ever seen grow is Red Pine... My grandfather grew and sold Christmas trees back in the day which I used to help trim in summer as a young lad, and by far the fastest grower was the long needled Red Pine... They grow fast in Ohio, but haven't a clue how to transplant one without killing it, although when we cut them for Christmas, we'd leave the bottom small branch or two to grow into another tree from the mother trunk...
I have also transplanted 15' spruce trees from different areas around my house after renting a large tree spade and crew. They moved like 20 trees that day and it was like $1,500 rent for the day. Well worth it for what I wanted.
Research how to select trees from a nursery and what grows fast in your area then buy and plant when dormant.
Buckdeer, did you mount the spade on a tractor or skidsteer? My tractor has a quickattach FEL with hydraulic ports, but I don't know how much flow rate is required for the spade, or wether the tractor will handle the spade as well as a skidsteer. My tractor is 100hp, New Holland Powerstar 100. It's a big machine so plenty of weight.
the are names some different varieties what work and why on this search.
Little story about the species - My Lady's father planted a small grove/row of these pines when they were small along her property line to kinka screen from the neighbors... Well, twenty years on these pines got out of hand and grew huge to where last summer he had to pay thousands to hire a crew to cut them down for fear of one blowing over and hitting a house...
At the same time, I also moved about 20 Black Hills Spruce that were 5-8’ tall with about the same success rate.
If a person took Hybrid Poplar cuttings (sticks) and planted in between the cedars or spruce, they grow 3-4’ per year and provide great screening as they hold their leaves until mid November (about 50%) which is 3-4 weeks later than our native poplar here in MN.
I filmed it. It was a big deal, and I remember how they were tied off etc.
He did a great job Worth the money for me